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  • Green push for autobahn speed limit fails in Bundestag [Germany]

    10/17/2019 2:57:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.17.2019 | kmm, nm/msh (dpa, AFP)
    Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, has voted against a bill proposed by the Greens that would have introduced a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) on the nation’s highways. Out of the 631 votes cast on Thursday, 498 voted against the proposal. All members of the far-right AfD and the business-friendly FDP parties rejected the bill, and just two members from each of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and conservative parties voted for the proposal. There were only a handful of abstentions. “You’re defending a transport policy from the day before yesterday,” said Cem Özdemir, Green...
  • Activists in Germany demand legalization of abortion

    10/02/2019 7:14:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.27.2019 | Clara Suchy
    There, in the German Criminal Code, between the laws on murder and abandonment, sit paragraphs 218 and 219. They pertain to — and criminalize — abortion in Germany. On Saturday, activists will be taking to the streets to demand the paragraphs’ removal as part of a global abortion rights demonstration. Sarah Thibol, activist with the feminist organization Frauen*Kollektiv in Cologne, is one of many planning to protest. Her personal goal is “that women realize abortions are not legal in German(y). So many people are surprised the first time they hear that.” According to German law laid out in paragraph 218,...
  • US set to slap tariffs on EU following WTO Airbus ruling

    10/02/2019 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.02.2019 | cw/se (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)
    The United States will impose tariffs on $7.5 billion (€6.8 billion) worth of European imports in retaliation for illegal EU subsidies to airplane maker Airbus. The announcement came hours after the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday ruled on a 15-year-old case that the US could impose $7.5 billion in retaliatory tariffs in response to illegal EU subsidies to Airbus that hurt its American rival Boeing. Washington plans to impose a 10% tariff on aircraft imported from Europe and apply a 25% import tax on other agricultural and industrial items on October 18, the Office of the US Trade Representative...
  • Turkey's President Erdogan says 'nuclear power should either be forbidden for all or permissible'…

    09/25/2019 6:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:16 EDT, 24 September 2019 | Jemma Carr
    Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said nuclear power should either be free for all states or banned completely. He warned that the “inequality” between states who have nuclear power and who do not undermines global balances. This comes amid global concern following news that Iran has exceeded limits to its uranium stockpile and was enriching the chemical to beyond limitations imposed by the Iran nuclear deal. Earlier this month, Tehran announced it would use advanced centrifuges prohibited under the deal. President Erdogan said: “The position of nuclear power should either be forbidden for all or permissible for everyone.” …
  • Is Germany moving toward Trump's stance on Iran?

    09/25/2019 5:30:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.24.2019 | Christoph Hasselbach
    The German government is generally critical of US President Donald Trump’s politics, especially when it comes to questions of war and peace in the Middle East. Last year, Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Germany, France and the UK, among others, had struggled to secure and wanted to maintain at all costs. The situation appeared to escalate dangerously after the drone attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on September 14. Iran-aligned Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen have claimed responsibility. The US immediately blamed Iran, even as the Saudi government...
  • Trump, Duda sign agreement to send 1,000 more US troops to Poland

    09/24/2019 4:45:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/24/2019 | Melissa Leon
    The United States will send 1,000 more troops to Poland, which has agreed to pay the entire expense, in a move that boosts the nations’ defense ties, President Trump has said. “We’ll be moving soldiers there,” Trump said during his bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday. The two later inked the deal. American service members will “likely” come from other places in Europe where they’re already stationed, Trump said. Officials say other details will be discussed in the coming weeks. “Poland came to us, they asked...
  • UN releases first-ever report on anti-Semitism highlighting uptick

    09/23/2019 5:24:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/23/2019 | Talia Kaplan
    The United Nations released an “unprecedented” report on anti-Semitism on Monday, which pointed out that the frequency appears to be increasing. It also linked anti-Semitism to denunciations of Israel as well as the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a boycott of all Israeli products. The report stressed that the “prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes and the risk of violence against Jewish individuals and sites “ is significant. The report, “Combating Antisemitism to Eliminate Discrimination and Intolerance Based on Religion or Belief,” was released on Monday by U.N. Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on freedom of religion or...
  • Angela Merkel, defense minister to fly to US on two planes

    09/22/2019 3:14:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.22.2019 | mm/sms (AFP, dpa, Reuters)
    Two days after the German government announced a €54 billion ($61 billion) package of measures to tackle climate change, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer are to fly to the United States in two separate planes, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. Two Luftwaffe aircraft will transport the two politicians almost simultaneously to the east coast of the US, the paper said. Merkel is due in New York at the United Nations climate summit on Monday, where she is expected to confirm that Germany is committed to phasing out coal and will help to save the...
  • Switzerland’s supreme court rules parents have no right to homeschool their kids

    09/22/2019 3:06:32 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 27 replies ^ | 9/21/19 | Martin M.Barillas
    GENEVA, Switzerland, September 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Switzerland’s top court ruled that parents do not have a right to homeschool their children. On Monday, the Swiss Federal Court ruled against a mother from the city of Basel who in 2017 had applied for permission to school her 8-year-old son at home. School authorities rejected the application and a cantonal court threw out the mother’s appeal. When she brought her case to the Federal Court, the mother held that the appeal court’s decision was tantamount to a ban on private instruction at home, thus violating a constitutional right to privacy and...
  • Spike in 'phantom' boat arrivals as new route into Italy enables migrants to go undetected

    09/21/2019 7:50:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies ^ | 21 September 2019 14:47 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Italy has seen a rise in so-called “phantom” boat arrivals as traffickers ferry migrants across the Mediterranean from Tunisia rather than Libya without being spotted, a prosecutor warned Saturday. The closing window of opportunity to reach Europe before the onset of winter has also seen a spike in the numbers of crossings, just ahead of a meeting of interior ministers on the hot-button topic of migration on Monday in Malta. Of the more than 6,620 people to have arrived in Italy since the start of 2019, some 5,500 have done so autonomously, managing to approach the coast or land without...
  • Denmark ends plan for 'deserted island' deportation facility

    09/21/2019 7:25:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies ^ | 20 September 2019 17:14 CEST+02:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    Plans to accommodate “unwanted” migrants on Lindholm, an uninhabited Danish island, have been officially scrapped by the Social Democratic government. Minister for Immigration and Integration Matthias Tesfaye gave on Thursday official confirmation that the facility, plans for which were put in place by the previous government, has now been permanently shelved. Tesfaye’s ministry confirmed the decision via email. “It is very expensive to sail criminal foreigners back and forth between Lindholm and the mainland. One night on the island costs the same as one night at a luxury hotel,” read a Tesfaye statement included in the email. “But that is...
  • Live: More than 100 arrested in Paris as 'yellow vest' protests kick off

    09/21/2019 7:13:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 21 September 2019 13:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP/The Local
    A total of 106 demonstrators were arrested at “yellow vest” and climate protests in Paris by 1 pm Saturday as more than 7,000 police were deployed to quell any violence by the movement and its radical, anarchist “black blocs”. […] Several hundred protesters were in the streets of the French capital around 11 am (09:00 GMT) on Saturday. By then, police had arrested 39 of them, police headquarters said, adding that some protesters had been found to carry hammers or petrol canisters. By 1:00 pm (11:00 GMT), police had arrested 106 demonstrators, police headquarters said, adding that some had been...
  • 'Mindless growth': Robust scientific case for degrowth is stronger every day

    09/21/2019 2:13:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/09/19 | Jason Hickel
    Once confined to the small scientific community of climate researchers and ecological economists, the idea of degrowth is now blazing into the mainstream. Not surprisingly, people are trying to figure out what to make of it. Is it an inspiring idea that points the way to a better economy? Or is it a mad notion that’s sure to plunge us all into poverty? Degrowth is a planned reduction of total energy and material use to bring the economy in line with planetary boundaries, while improving people’s lives by distributing income and resources more fairly. The scientific case for degrowth is...
  • Nigel Farage attacks Guy Verhofstadt after chief Eurocrat 'called for European Empire'

    09/20/2019 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | 10:30, Tue, Sep 17, 2019 | Naomi Adedokun
    Nigel Farage blasted Brussels chief Guy Verhofstadt, for his apparent calls for a “European empire”, telling it straight that the EU is “building an empire”. The Brexit Party leader took to his LBC show after comments by Guy Verhofstadt about a “European empire”. Mr. Farage said: “Andrew Adonis, who of course I’ve spoken to you many times before here at LBC, is really one of the fanatics for ‘Remain’. Even Adonis said, ‘I don’t believe in a European Empire but a free European Union; the world has had enough of empires’. Well, hear-hear to that, Lord Adonis, but that is...
  • Irish EU chief says chances of new Brexit deal are rising Labour MPs say they ready to back PM

    09/14/2019 11:13:22 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    The Sun ^ | 14 Sept 2019 | Matthew dathan
    AN Irish EU chief has said the chances of a new Brexit deal are rising - as FIFTY Labour MPs say they are ready to back the PM. Phil Hogan said the “penny had dropped” after Boris Johnson suggested an “all-Ireland” farming market after our divorce from the bloc. Mr Hogan , an nominee for EU trade commissioner, told the Irish Times: “That is certainly a clear indication of divergence between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the EU and the rest of the UK. “This is the first time that this has been spoken about by a British...
  • EU plans energy tax to combat climate change

    09/14/2019 7:14:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.14.2019 | Bernd Riegert (js)
    Finance ministers of the 28 European Union countries met in Helsinki on Friday to discuss measures to finance and encourage environmentally sustainable growth. The meeting took place on the same day the governing coalition parties in Germany met to decide on climate measures targeting the transportation sector to ensure the country meets its 2030 goals to combat the climate crisis. Spending toward that end could approach a reported €75 billion ($83.6 billion). […] The EU, says German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, must find a way to put a sensible price on carbon dioxide emissions, optimally on an international level. “I...
  • Former PM Cameron Says Second Referendum ‘Can’t Be Ruled Out’

    09/14/2019 8:06:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Sep 2019 | Victoria Friedman
    Former Prime Minister David Cameron has said that a second Brexit referendum cannot be ruled out, and opposed Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament. During an interview with The Times published on Friday, Mr Cameron was asked whether he thought there would be a second referendum, and responded: “I don’t think you can rule it out because we’re stuck.” “I’m not saying one will happen or should happen. I’m just saying that you can’t rule things out right now because you’ve got to find some way of unblocking the blockage,” he said, adding his voice to that of Remainer and...
  • Former PM Cameron ‘sorry’ for Brexit divisions

    09/14/2019 6:56:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2019 | Gregory Katz
    The British prime minister who called the Brexit referendum and then saw the public vote to leave the European Union says he is sorry for the divisions it has caused. David Cameron said in an interview published Saturday that he thinks about the consequences of the Brexit referendum “every single day” and worries “desperately” about what will happen next. “I deeply regret the outcome and accept that my approach failed,” he said. “The decisions I took contributed to that failure. I failed.” He admitted that many people blame him for the Brexit divisions that have deepened since the referendum and...
  • Scottish Court Prorogation Ruling Shows Anti-Brexit Establishment is Hard At Work

    09/11/2019 5:19:10 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (London) ^ | September 11, 2019 | John Longworth
    Many years ago, the then chief of a very major US business shared his thoughts with me in respect of the British Establishment. He said that a major problem with the UK is that it is still controlled by holders of assets, in particular land, at inflated prices and that the economy was run accordingly. As a consequence, the incentives to be enterprising and to work hard were diminished. He was particularly struck by how successful the British Establishment had been at keeping a grip on their privilege. A week after I resigned as head of the British Chambers of...
  • UK’s Johnson to suspend Parliament as his Brexit plans stall

    09/09/2019 9:24:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2019 | Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached to ensure Britain leaves the European Union by the Oct. 31 deadline, as he prepared to suspend Parliament and send rebellious lawmakers home until two weeks before Britain is supposed to leave the European Union. Lawmakers used the hours before the suspension to deliver new blows to Johnson’s teetering authority. An opposition-backed measure designed to stop Britain from crashing out of the EU on Oct. 31 without a divorce deal became law after receiving the formal assent of Queen Elizabeth II. That came hours before legislators...